Chad Adelman was a native of the People’s Republic of Laredo, founded by the Second Great Depression-era amalgamation of old Texas and Mexico’s Laredo and Nuevo Laredo. They have expanded steadily over the centuries, absorbing numerous nearby small towns and cities in their quest to dominant the inland trading routes of North America. That makes them one of the richest and most populous members of the Republic of Texas. Much of that growth is thanks to the prestigious Adelman Transport Corporation. Chad Adelman was the eldest son and heir to the family fortune when he volunteered to join the military after Yosemite Yards fell. We had known and understood each other well for some time before that.